A footbridge over the Kale takes you into fields and over the stiles with fine views back over to Morebattle to the Eildons Hills on the horizon.
At this point comes one of the steepest climbs of the whole walk to the top of Wideopen Hill, with more spectacular views towards Yetholm and its loch. Downhill from here takes you into the valley of Bowmont Water and into Kirk Yetholm. Here there are fine thatched cottages, reminders of its origins as a farm township, and it is also home to the north end of the Pennine Way, which starts in Edale in Derbyshire, some 270 miles away.
Take your time descending from Wideopen Hill which is steep and can get slippery when wet.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the St Cuthbert's Way map published by Harvey Map. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend St Cuthbert's Way Rucksack Reader.
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The church in the village dates from the 18th Century. The original church was destroyed by fire in 1544. The name Morebattle means 'settlement by the lake' referring to the old Linton Loch which used to lie between Morebattle and Linton before being drained in the 18th century.
According to legend nearby village, Linton was the abode of the so-called Linton Worm, a medieval dragon.
The highest point of the St Cuthberts Way at 368 metres. You can see the plains of the tweed, Waterloo monument and the three peaks of Eildon. Depending on the weather you may be able to see the Iron Age settlement on Morebattle Hill below. Yetholm Loch can also be seen along with the Cheviot in the distance. The top is the mid-point of the St Cuthberts Way (Melrose to Lindisfarne).
Kirk Yetholm is a small village near the Scottish borders. Its sister town is Town Yetholm which lies half a mile across the Bowmont Water. The history of Kirk Yetholm is closely associated with that of the Scottish Gypsies who had settled here by the end of the 17th century. A law of 1609 made it legal in Scotland to kill Gypsies so many retreated to the edge of the hills to find refuge. The village pays homage to the Yetholm Gypsies who sought refuge by a monument next to the village green. You will also pass the Gypsie Palace, now a small holiday cottage on the way out of Kirk Yetholm.
For more information visit: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/kirk-yetholm-p242291
Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.